Trump Remains a Wild Card on Filling Seats at the Fed

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From Jonathan Bernstein:

Donald Trump declared his candidacy over eighteen months ago. He was elected a bit over four months ago. And we’re now about 50 days into his presidency.

And he’s still, after all that time, almost a complete wild card. We have no idea what he will do from day to day, on an incredibly wide range of policy questions.

Take, for example, one of the most important jobs Trump will have soon: Nominations for the two open seats, and a third upcoming vacancy, on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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“Evidence of Collusion … Deception”

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From Tommy Christopher:

The investigation into Donald Trump and his associates’ possible collusion with Russia continues to heat up.

This week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) raised eyebrows when he told reporters that it was “very possible” Donald Trump had been directly swept up in intelligence community surveillance. Shortly thereafter, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee emerged from their own classified briefing with FBI Director James Comey looking visibly shaken.

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Double Bubble Trouble:
Living in Two Americas

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From John Scalzi:

As a writer of liberalish tendencies, and one with an active — meaning, loud — political and social presence online, I am often accused (particularly on Twitter, the Wild West of social media) of being a “coastal elite.” Which is to say, one of those latte-drinking multiculturalists loitering in one of the big cities with an ocean nearby — but not the Gulf of Mexico, which totally does not count — who doesn’t know what it’s like for the honest, hard-working real Americans in the “flyover country,” a place someone like me would never visit.

Well. To those who accuse me thus, I invite you to visit my current hometown of Bradford, Ohio, population 1,850.

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Christianity Hurts, Jesus is Hurt, Hurting the Least of These

Sincerest Form Of Flattery? Colbert Satirizes Maddow

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From Frances Langum:

Those of us who know, watch, and love Rachel Maddow knew this would happen. She announced via Twitter that she had Trump tax returns.

I turned to Driftglass and said, “Oh God. It’s going to take her half an hour to let viewers know what she’s got.”

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Public’s View Of Global Warming At Odds With GOP

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

The American people are starting to accept the truth about Global Climate Change (i.e., global warming). About 68% currently believe that global warming is caused by human activity (the overuse & misuse of fossil fuels), 62% believe it is already happening, 45% now worry about it a great deal, and 42% believe it will be a threat to their way of life in their lifetime. Those numbers are all record highs since Gallup has been polling on the issue.

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Worse than the CBO

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From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

Even before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out with their analysis of the repeal of Obamacare, Trump and the Republicans started attacking the CBO. Congressman David Brat (R-VA) even said “CBO has scored everything wrong forever so they’re a minor concern.”

So even though the CBO is non-partisan and its director is a conservative economist appointed by Republicans, the Republicans said that they would prefer the numbers that would come out of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is totally partisan.

Ironically, the report from the OMB is out, and it is even worse than the report from the CBO.

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Trump Breaks World Record for Unconstitutional Travel Bans

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From the Borowitz Report:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Notching the first major achievement of his Presidency, Donald Trump has broken the world record for unconstitutional travel bans, the White House confirmed on Wednesday.

In an official statement announcing the new world record, the White House called Trump’s second unconstitutional ban “especially impressive” because it came only thirty-eight days after his first.

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